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  • How Has the Public Option Worked for the Pine Tree State?

    From the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Tarren Bragdon reports: Passed in 2003, Maine’s Dirigo Health initiative was lauded as the first state-based universal coverage program this decade. Governor John Baldacci promised that Dirigo Health would (1) provide coverage for all of Maine’s 128,000 uninsured by 2009; (2) not require any … More

    Questions for Sotomayor on Foreign Law

    In April 2009, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor delivered a speech to the Puerto Rican chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she made it clear that the Court’s citation of foreign and international law was proper, and indeed laudable.  Sotomayor has not yet cited international law in any … More

    Obama Just Made Us More Vulnerable

    Cutting through the White House spin coming out of Moscow, Congressional Strategic Posture Commission member and Missouri State University professor Keith Payne writes in today’s Wall Street Journal: Beyond the bad negotiating principle of giving up something for nothing, there will be serious downsides if the U.S. actually reduces its … More

    Morning Bell: The Truth About Medicare's Administrative Costs

    Now that Al Franken has been seated in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is now telling reporters he sees no need for the left to compromise on their demands for a government-run “public option” health care plan. Proponents of the public plan, like Schumer, believe government-run health care is … More

    A Real Threat Requires A Real Defense

    Former Missile Defense Agency director, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, and Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis, distinguished fellow Eric Edelman, write in today’s Washington Post: The apparent reelection of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his frequently expressed commitment to pursue nuclear and ballistic missile capability, underscore the … More

    That 70s Summit

    Heritage Russian and Eurasian studies research fellow Ariel Cohen blogs at The Corner: Earlier today, Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev met for their first full-fledged summit in Moscow. They announced a strategic arms-control agreement that would cut the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals down to the level 1,500-1,600 warheads … More

    Did Biden "Misread" Those 150,000 Jobs Created Too?

    Spinning the ever-more-embarrassing gap between their economic stimulus job promises and economic reality, Vice President Joe Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopolous this Sunday: The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy. The figures we worked off of in January were the consensus figures and most of the blue … More

    Will Obama Fight for Free Trade?

    The New York Times reported last week: President Obama on Sunday praised the energy bill passed by the House late last week as an “extraordinary first step,” but he spoke out against a provision that would impose trade penalties on countries that do not accept limits on global warming pollution. … More

    Government-Run Health Care Will Not Save Marriages

    The Washington Post’s Liza Mundy had a cute take on the recent divorce of reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin: Poor Jon and Kate. Their marriage is over, their show on hiatus, their domestic ordeal entering a new phase of acrimony. Possibly nothing could have saved this marriage, but … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama's Job Killing Health Care Tax

    On June 15th, the Congressional Budget Office issued a crushing blow to President Barack Obama’s health care plan, placing a $1 trillion price tag on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee’s draft legislation. And what did Americans get for their $1 trillion in new debt? A measly16 … More